HISTORY OF KING / QUEEN NEIGHBOURHOOD
King Street, named after King George III, was initially more of an industrial area. In the 1990's, Toronto City Hall re-zoned the area allowing commercial business to move to the neighbourhood. This quickly resulted in a boom of chic fashion stores, designer furniture retailers, vintage antique dealers, and high-end restaurants. As TIFF grew, this area also became the hot spot of the festival, especially after the TIFF Bell Lightbox opened up. Today, King Street offers amenities at your fingertips and luxury condo buildings located in the heart of the city.
Queen Street wasn't always the gentrified centre for Canadian arts and broadcasting it is today. As one of the early examples of European settlement in Toronto, initial residents of this neighbourhood were given 99-acre of lots of what was mostly farmland south of Queen Street which was then known as "Lot Street." By the 1950's and 1960's, small business began to move to Queen Street eventually evolving into the shops and boutiques you see along Queen today. In May 2005, the area of Queen Street between University and Bathurst was designated as a Heritage Conservation District.